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Car accidents continue to take their toll in New Hampshire

Another serious one-car accident occurred in New Hampshire last week as two women were seriously injured when their vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The incident occurred in Brentwood at about 5:15 p.m., according to a police spokesperson. The cause of the accident was not reported, but the police stated that they are continuing to investigate. In many car accidents, the police cannot immediately report on the cause prior to the analysis of forensic evidence and blood reports.

Drivers must carefully avoid car accidents in crosswalks

An elderly pedestrian using a crosswalk at 5 p.m. in a New Hampshire intersection should not be at great risk for being run over by a car. Unfortunately, car accidents involving pedestrians who are hit in crosswalks happen regularly. In the latest incident, a 65-year-old man who was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Main and Linden Streets in Rochester on Nov. 9, was hit by a car traveling through the intersection. The man was found lying on the road near the crosswalk; he was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

Driver is liable to passenger in one-vehicle car accidents

A relatively easy type of accident for police in New Hampshire and elsewhere to analyze for causation is the one-car crash. This becomes less true when the driver is not available to explain the occurrence because he or she was an actual fatality in the mishap. The task may be somewhat more difficult in car accidents when there were one or more passengers who also died in the crash.

Car accidents may involve multiple insurance recoveries

The New Hampshire State Police reported an accident that occurred recently on Interstate 95 South in North Hampton. An off-duty police officer from a neighboring state was operating a motorcycle southbound on I-95 when he was hit head-on by a northbound car that crossed the median. The officer was seriously injured and is currently in critical condition at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, according to police reports. In car accidents with serious injuries, the victim's family will best protect the injured person's rights by consulting immediately with an experienced personal injury attorney. 

Car accidents involving crossover usually caused by negligence

Crossover accidents are common in New Hampshire and nationwide. A crossover occurs whenever an operator loses control of his or her vehicle and crosses over the median directly into oncoming traffic. The crossover operator may suffer from impairment or may have been distracted. He or she may have also fallen asleep at the wheel. In car accidents of this kind, the crossover operator is nearly always deemed to have been negligent in operating the vehicle without having control over it.

Crossover car accidents are caused by negligent/impaired drivers

Crossover accidents are among the most serious in New Hampshire and nationwide. These types of car accidents can be the most brutal and the most shocking because one of the vehicle operators is usually free of fault. Thus, when a negligent or impaired operator crosses the median or the center line and goes into oncoming traffic, there is not much that the non-negligent victim can do to stop the event from happening.

Operator causing rear-end collision is liable in car accidents

New Hampshire negligence law attributes fault in most instances to a driver who crashes into the rear of another vehicle stopped and stationary at a traffic light.  The driver in rear-end collision car accidents is likely negligent for failing to keep a lookout ahead and for driving too fast for traffic conditions. The driver will be liable for damages sustained by any occupants injured in the vehicle that was rear-ended.

Passengers often suffer the consequences in single car accidents

Many New Hampshire residents may forget that as passengers in a vehicle, they literally put their lives in the hands of the driver. It requires a certain amount of trust that the driver will follow the traffic laws, drive diligently and get their passengers to the destination safely. If that trust is violated, the passengers pay the price in serious injuries or even death in the car accidents that result.

Liability in car accidents is determined by who was negligent

Negligence in New Hampshire and other jurisdictions usually consists of actions that represent a breach of a legal duty owed to others under the circumstances. The duty exists and evolves through the statutory and case law in each state. The negligence, and the breach of the duty owed, is created by engaging in actions that fall below a recognized minimum required standard of care under the circumstances. With respect to car accidents, each new incident must be evaluated by its own facts to determine whether there is a duty owed, and if so, whether a participant's activities were in fact negligent.

Fault in chain-reaction car accidents depends on circumstances

Chain-reaction crashes can sometimes present difficult problems of determining liability, or the percentage of liability, owed by each operator under New Hampshire law. In some car accidents involving chain-reactions, the first operator that causes the chain-reaction will be solely responsible for all ensuing injuries. Each mishap will depend on the facts of negligence occurring in the circumstances.

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